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Artist and NM graduate's work on major album cover

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Artists dream of gaining attention. But what happens when it’s national attention? Former Albuquerque resident Brandon Maldonado is experiencing it and he’s doing just fine. His artwork — “Our Lady of Merciful Fate” — is being used as the cover art for Grammy Award-winning country group Zac Brown...

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Stranded dog found near Organ Mountains

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they have found a stranded dog at the base of the Organ Mountains and fear its owner may be lost. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department said the dog was discovered Thursday after a woman called sheriff’s...

Amount paid in New Mexico film rebates plunges

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Rebates paid to companies filming in New Mexico have plunged since the state enacted a yearly $50 million cap on film incentives spending. The Taxation and Revenue Department said 85 film rebate applications totaling more than $19...

Gas wells hit by vandals in northwest New Mexico

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in northwest New Mexico say vandals targeting natural gas wells have caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage. San Juan County sheriff’s Detective Mike Sindelar tells the Farmington Daily Times...

Mental health facility being built in southern NM

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Construction has begun on a $2 million facility in southern New Mexico that’s meant to keep mentally ill residents out of jail. Officials say the Dona Ana County Crises Triage Center is a better option for such residents who...

Santa Fe Community College names new president

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College has a new president. Ana Margarita Guzman begins her duties Sept. 4 as the college’s seventh president. She has led Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, for the past 12 years. The college’s...

Senate leader to be released from hospital

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Senate majority leader is expected to be discharged from the hospital Friday after undergoing an emergency procedure to avoid a heart attack. The chief of staff for Michael Sanchez says the 61-year-old senator had been...

Spanish pilgrims tour NM on 'Blue Nun' saint quest

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Pilgrims from Agreda, Spain visited New Mexico this week in a quest to push sainthood for a woman known as “the Blue Nun.” The pilgrims came to gather information on the influences of Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda, a 17th...

Official: NM Finance Authority issued fake audit

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Finance Authority, which makes billions of dollars in loans for public projects, faked its annual audit that was sent to creditors and investors for 2011, the state auditor said Thursday. The revelation shocked state...

Lawyers: NM gun raid case 'politically-motivated'

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Defense lawyers for a New Mexico family accused of selling weapons to Mexican cartels say the federal government’s investigation is politically-motivated. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/MkM67O) that defense team...